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Thursday, February 28, 2019

No Pigs Allowed

In my 13 years at this club as the golf course superintendent this is the first time I have seen a pig on the property.  I have not seen them on the golf course yet and I am hoping we do not.  This photo was taken to the right of the 16th tee complex.  I am hoping that this guy/gal is just passing through.  We certainly do not want to see pigs on the property as they can damage a lot of vegetation in a short period of time.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Monarch Butterfly Areas

Monarchs in the Rough

We would like to announce that Naples Lakes CC has joined Monarchs in the Rough, a partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund and Audubon International to help fight the population decline of the monarch butterflies.  We have partnered with Monarch in the Rought to fight habitat loss of monarch butterflies by planting milkweed in out-of-play areas on our golf course.

The monarch butterfly population has declined by 90% in the last 20 years, putting this species incredibly close to extinction.  A key factor is loss of milkweed habitat, which is vital for the caterpillar’s diet and life cycle.  Milkweed is where monarchs lay their eggs and is also the food caterpillars must eat to survive.  We are proud to be a part of this effort to support monarch butterfly populations by growing habitat.

We seeded two areas in February with swamp milkweed seed and a mix of wildflowers donated by a member.  One area is to the left of the back tee on #3 and the other area is to the right of #17 tee.  You’ll see a sign in both areas denoting the sites.  We will manage these areas for maximum flowers and foliage to support the monarch and other native pollinators.

Please contact, Monica Higgins for more details or if you want to support our efforts!

For more information about the program see www.monarchsintherough.com

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Light Conversion

As part of improving the offices at the golf maintenance facility all lights are being converted to LED.  Much simpler process than I anticipated.  Conversion kit from 1000bulbs.com upgrades each light to LED for $45/each.

Old light on the left...LED lights right.

Old light on the left...LED lights right.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

New Cup Liners

New white cup liners with the club logo have been delivered and just in time.  The pink liners with the logo have been out for the NLCC Ladies 9 Hole Invitational and the NLCC Ladies Member/Member.  The white cups will go out Wednesday and we will begin out usual rotation (next week) of white liners for Monday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday and the pink liners for Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

9 Hole Ladies Invitatinoal

Everything out and ready for the NLCC Ladies 9 Hole Invitational
Have a great day ladies!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

New Rough Mowers

The club has switched the type of mowers being used for the roughs on the new golf course.  The old mowers were rotary mowers, like what is used by home owners but on a much larger scale.  The switch is because the new celebration grass is getting puffy in areas and it is due to the limitations of the rotary mowers.  These new mowers are reel mowers, like is used to mow all other areas of the golf course.  With this new mower we can be a lot more aggressive during summer mainteance.  You can see in the video the patchy areas of brown turf.  This is the mowers cutting off the top of the tuffed up grass.   It will take time for the grass to become accustomed to these new mowers but should greatly improve the overall appearance of the roughs throughout the year.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Easily Tracked

Shared these photos with staff today.  Stressed the importance of not walking through areas freshly sprayed with roundup.  Gets on the shoes then gets tracked until none left.  Just another day in the Turf business!